WHO IS A SCIENTIST? by Laura Gehl, Millbrook Press, Oct. 5, 2021, paperback, $9.99 (ages 4-9)
Laura Gehl’s Who is a Scientist? gives readers a wide overview of the people who make important discoveries about us, our world and beyond.
Who is a Scientist? features a diverse group of 14 scientist who work in fields ranging from neurobiology and engineering to mechanics and entomology. Each scientist is featured in a two-page spread that explains not only what they study but what they like to do in their free time, as well. Two large photographs illustrate their interests professionally and outside of work.
Backmatter includes an “if you like this, you’ll like that” flowchart that can help readers identify science careers they might be interested in.
Who is a Scientist? is fairly basic — probably too basic for older readers (ages 8 and 9) — but interesting nonetheless. Author Laura Gehl has made sure to include not only a wide range of fields, but a wide range of people, too. Children that read this book will find someone who looks like them succeeding in their career.
A teaching guide for Who Is a Scientist? is available here.
Laura Gehl is the author of more than two dozen popular picture books, board books, and early readers including One Big Pair of Underwear, the Peep and Egg series, and Except When They Don’t. A former science writer and teacher, Laura holds a PhD in neuroscience. She lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with her husband and four children. To learn more, visit lauragehl.com.
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